The Foundation on Grief Death and Dying is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and support of families around the world struggling with the many faces of grief, death and dying.
The Foundation on Grief Death and Dying is observed by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) corporation. All contributions are tax deductible.
We are proud to be co-sponsors of the FREE online Parental Grief program Reclaiming Hope ~ Life After the Loss of Your Child, hosted by our Founder and President, Reverend Becky Reno.
This program provides free access to multiple hours of interviews with powerful guest experts; a neuroscientist, a physician, a grief coach and a sex therapist; all to support parents in the extensive healing process after their loss.
We also co-sponsor the private Reclaiming Hope Facebook Support Group, hosted by Rev. Reno which is included in the FREE online program.
Here, participants are given a place to be nurtured, and to share their experiences with like-minded souls who are on the same path toward wholeness.
Did you know research shows parental loss to be a trauma equivalent to the PTSD of war veterans?
For many, it’s hopeless. How do we recover? How do those who love us offer comfort?
The inspiration for the program came when our Founder, Reverend Reno, who had spent 20 years in the vicious cycle of despair following the death of her only child, finally discovered the path toward a life of fulfillment.
Now we guide other parents through their grief and into HOPE.
In order to create programming like Reclaiming Hope, we seek out the truth from the grieving, allowing them to share their stories and teach us how the grieving really wish to be served.
To facilitate that process, The Foundation, amongst its many efforts, conducts evidence-based qualitative and quantitative research studies around grief and applies cutting-edge data analytic tools to produce results which are considered by many to groundbreaking.
Most find the process of participating in these research studies to be cathartic. Even therapeutic to have an opportunity to share the life of their loved one who has passed.
It’s powerful to see the impact of simply being heard, acknowledged and connected with.
There is relief and release when we engage together; communing around the intimate stories of joy and sorrow within the grieving process.
It’s integral to our MISSION to bring relief to families in health crisis or in grief:
The research studies conducted by the Foundation on Grief Death and Dying are all about the human experience.
Noted Social Scientist, Researcher, and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Brené Brown, has been quoted as saying “Stories are data with a soul” and we couldn’t agree more.
We endeavor to connect with individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one and hear their story. Their “data with a soul”.
By aggregating and identifying patterns and correlations within this “soul data” we glean the interconnectedness of our human experience and reveal specifically where and how we are more similar than any of us previously realized.
Grief has many faces. None of us grieve the same way. There is no single way of coping with loss. No “one size fits all” grieving kit. However, we cannot be naïve enough to believe that every single aspect of our grieving process is unique.
The stages, the processes, the hurdles. There must be SOME similarities. Some way in which we can reflect on another person’s story and say, “Yes! That was my experience too!”.
This is a significant reason the Foundation on Grief Death and Dying exists. To find our connectedness. Our similarities. Our wins. Our losses. We have become a massively diverse yet interconnected world society where we struggle to find similarities. Fighting against what we believe to be our differences.
Here is where we find our equality. Here all peoples are the same. What differs are our rituals around death. In this we could all benefit to discover rituals for grieving, healing and surviving.
The Foundation exists to give a place to discover our sameness. A place for those stories to be shared, archived, compiled, studied, analyzed. A place to learn from each other’s experiences.
The Foundation’s team of researchers and data analytics professionals gather those stories using evidence-based qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The groundbreaking analysis resulting from state of the art data science methods is intended to underlay life-changing education and communication around the subjects of Grief Death and Dying.
It is our desire that the result is freedom. The fear of death clutches most of us by the throat. It holds captive our voice. It mutes our words. Weakens our connections. Even severs our relationships.
This sounds extreme but speak to most anyone who has experienced the death of a significant person in their life and one will most likely find stories of isolation, distance, loss of relationships, disconnection and exclusion.
The one thing that binds us is the very thing that disconnects us. At the Foundation on Grief Death and Dying, we believe that can change. We believe it must change.
That change can start with you.
As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the gifts and support of people like you.
Won’t you join us in the mission to open the conversation around death?
Together we can bring life to the living.